Icons Sports Lounge and Grille just opened last year on Main Street in Fairfax City with a raft of TVs, sports-themed food and some upscale weekend crowds. But now they really want to up the ante: They’re bringing in mega hip hop star Nas to host a party Friday night.
Now “Nas at Icons Sports Lounge” has the same ring as “Usher at Woodbridge Middle School,” and we all know how that turned out in May. (Not well.) But John Moore, Icons owner and Fairfax High grad, said the creator of such classic rap albums as “Illmatic” and “Hip Hop is Dead” and feuder with other icons such as Jay-Z and Bill O’Reilly, is definitely going to be in the Fairfax City ’hood. But he’ll be there as a party host, not a performer. Cover charge: $20, advance tickets available.
Moore said his connections in the restaurant business helped him nail down Nas. “We’re really trying to establish ourselves outside of being a sports bar,” Moore said, and not just local bands, but major artists.”
The underground bar, near the intersection with Chain Bridge Road and next to the friendly HaveaBite Restaurant, has a capacity of 800. Parking is permitted in the Bank of America lot across Chain Bridge.
The place closes at 1:30, so Nas can’t just do the “show up at 2 a.m.” bit. If he shows, this might be the biggest thing to hit Fairfax City since Col. John Mosby swooped into the Fairfax courthouse, across the street from where Icons is today, and captured 33 Union soldiers in 1863.
Here is “Halftime” from the “Illmatic” album.